Wayne National Forest


Operators of the Wayne National Forest in southern Ohio will soon require people to obtain a permit to harvest wild ginseng, the root plant believed to have medicinal properties.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest to oil and gas drilling.

A coalition of environmental groups is challenging Wayne National Forest's agreement to lease rights to federally-owned coal under more than 430 acres in eastern Ohio.

Survey Of Forest Patrons Begins Today

Oct 3, 2013

Officials at the Wayne National ForestĀ are scheduled to begin conducting a nearly year-long voluntary survey today that will quiz people about the recreational activities in which they participated during their visits.

Free Activities At Wayne National Forest

Jun 7, 2013

The Wayne National Forest is offering free camping and recreational activities today and Saturday.

The U.S. Forest Service says it will allow fracking in the Wayne National forest. Spokesperson Anne Carey says a land and resource management plan drafted in 2006 can adequately address any damage and risks to the forest. She also says a new environmental impact study is not needed despite evidence that fracking contaminates water supplies. The service began reviewing the drilling technology and the plan after local governments and environmental groups objected to the proposed leasing of more than 3-thousand acres of mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.